Some Highlights

Driven by a strong passion for dance and theatre, I left school early in order to study mime, acrobatics, fencing, masks and dance in Paris at Studio Magenia, run by Ella Jaroscewicz.

It was exciting to discover Paris, the world of dance and theatre. 

Living in a small room ‘under the roof’, I made the discovery that Paris was not like An American in Paris and Gene Kelly was not dancing over the rooftops.
 
I continued my studies at the Rotterdam Dance Academy in Holland, specialising in contemporary dance, dance theatre and improvisation.
Additionally, it was very important for me to develop my acting skills with Marianne van der Velde and also with Jean-Paul Denizon, a former assistant to Peter Brook.
 
An entirely new world opened up when I found myself on a film set for the first time.
In Peter Greenaway’s Darwin I played a crazy epileptic type.
The film shoot felt like a dream.
Holland’s multicultural society, its tradition of tolerance and refreshing lack of hierarchies profoundly marked my approach to the dramatic arts.
 
Another highlight was in 1994 when I was awarded a grant for the international theatre festival Teatrale in Germany. There I played all kind of roles in The Last Days of Humanity by Karl Kraus, staged in a circus – an ideal chance to learn tightrope walking. 

During the festival I seized the opportunity to create a show with clown/comedian Christoph Sieber and brought wonderfully crazy performers from different countries together for improvisational events.
This triggered a desire to discover the world with all its new challenges, variety of people and exotic art forms.

 

So I jumped on a plane to Rio de Janeiro and spent one year travelling through Brazil and Argentina.

For a while I worked for Club Mediterranée as an archery teacher and a show dancer. Then I continued travelling throughout the country, very keen to meet people and their cultures and to see more dance and theatre.
During a five-month stay in Salvador de Bahia, I gave performance training to actors and directors, studied Afro-Brazilian dance and martial art forms, performed a solo and worked with the American dance company Zendora.

After this highly enriching experience, life brought me back to my Bavarian roots – Munich.

There I studied Intercultural Communication and further advanced my acting skills.
During this period I met the British choreographer Russell Maliphant, who initiated me in his harmonic dance style combining contemporary techniques with Contact-Improvisation and Rolfing.
 
In the year 2000 I presented more than five hundred live Action Shows with Mac Steinmeier’s renowned stunt team at the Bavaria Film Studios in Munich.

Two years later I had the opportunity to work with Teatro de los Sentidos under the direction of Enrique Vargas, a company with performers of diverse nationalities, exploring research into the poetics of the senses. I was the fortune-teller in the piece Oraculos.
This piece was so captivating that during a later casting, the director’s assistant told me that she recognised my voice and spontaneously reproduced my dialogues from Oraculos.

This was a meaningful moment for me – naturally, I got the role.

 
In 2006 the Bavarian director Franz Xaver Bogner cast me for his television series Der Kaiser von Schexing. With his incredible sense for people and their behaviour, he gave me the role of secretary Centa Spitzauer, an engagement which continues to last until this very day.

Once more I have returned to my Bavarian roots.

For the future I wish to stay open to life’s inspiring flow and to contribute with energy and skill to many challenging film and theatre productions to come.

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